Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships


Ship:      BERWINDLEA
Arrived:23 February 1932
Departed:2 July 1935
Career:BERWINDLEA was a large collier which pioneered the use of pulverised coal in her boilers. She was wrecked Deadman Is, Magdalen Islands 23 October 1935
Oyster Company ledger first date 23 February 1932 - it lists agent as Furness Withy & Co.
Voyage Record Cards give 19 February 1932 River Blackwater. 3 July 1935 London.
It is not clear how this entry relates to another BERWINDLEA reported in the River c1928.
Voyage Record Card first entry for BERWINDLEA is 31 July 1929 Glasgow.
Tonnage:5.276 gross
Built:1929
Type:Collier
Owner:Berwindmoor SS Co
Official No:161108
ID1161108

Railway Track, Tollesbury, Essex. 

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Above:  Railway Track, Tollesbury, Essex. Used in "More from Tollesbury Past" by Keith Lovell, which says: "The obsolete track to Tollesbury Pier Station is overgrown. Ships are anchored in the Blackwater during the depression. Stretching back towards the river, Tollesbury Oyster Company men return home from work. In these hard times they received one pound a week with which they were able to buy their winter coal. The second ship from the left is probably the HIGHLAND ROVER which was... Date: c1933.
Source: Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton Postcards


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